MASVINGO – Award winning Masvingo Zim dancehall artist, Elias Chimbuya aka Dudemaster has been arrested on allegations that he and two other suspects assaulted and killed a man on Thursday following a scuffle over mbanje.
It is understood that Chimbuya who is a curtain raiser for most Zim dancehall shows that take place in Masvingo had a warranty of arrest on another case. He was released by the courts recently and later absconded hearings.
Chimbuya and one of the accomplices were picked up by Police on Saturday while the third suspect is on the run. Chimbuya is also a tout who operates from Glow Service Station rank in the city centre.
The murder happened at Tirivanhu Bar in Vic Range after Tafadzwa Chiumba allegedly gave Chimbuya US$5 to go and buy a twist of mbanje for US50c. Chimbuya allegedly did not bring back the change resulting in a fist fight.
The fight ended and Chiumba who was in Masvingo to visit his family which stays in Vic Range then left for home. He did not reach his destination and his body was found the following day.
A sex worker is said to have tipped members of the CID that she saw Chimbuya and his accomplices fighting the man after following him on his way home. Investigations were conducted until the arrest of Chimbuya on Saturday.
There are several pending cases of commuters who have been mugged after leaving the Glow Service Station rank and the key suspects are touts.
Chimbuya is expected to appear in court this morning.